Frequently Asked Questions
Will take place in the conference centre foyer at Spier Wine Farm
Registration and help desk times:
Wednesday, 21 February 2017: 11:00 – 19:30
Thursday 22 February 2017: 07:30 – 19:00
- All delegates’ fees have to be settled before the conference. Please contact Tammy Maart (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements for payment prior to the start of the conference.
- Access to the Spier conference centre and function areas will be controlled, and will be available to paid-up delegates only.
- Complimentary passes for the main conference are available to qualifying limited partners; please note applications are screened.
- The SAVCA Institutional Investors Lunch is open to qualifying limited partners, as well as to senior staff from fund of funds, government regulators and policymakers. Applications are screened. The session is complimentary to these guests.
- Delegate sales are limited strictly to 400 to ensure meaningful interaction in an exclusive setting.
- Name badges will be handed out at registration. Badges are to be worn at all times, including at social functions. Persons not wearing delegate badges will not have access to the conference, the session rooms or the functions.
- Delegates are welcome to arrange meetings with non-conference delegates at the Spier Hotel, Eight Restaurant or Hoghouse Bakery and Café.
In Stellenbosch, day temperatures in February can go up to 30 °C during the day and 18 °C at night. Mid-winter occurs in June and July and mid-summer in December and January. In South Africa, the climate ranges from mediterranean in the Cape Peninsula to subtropical on the KwaZulu-Natal coast and in the North Eastern regions, while temperate conditions prevail inland: high 28 °C and ow 12 °C.
For weather updates please check AccuWeather
The South African Rand is the local currency. Foreign exchange can be done in any of the hotels. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; and coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation, both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c. Rand (ZAR). 100 cents equals one rand. A passport will be required for all transactions.
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Please note that there is no foreign exchange bureau at the conference venue. Please remember to exchange all money at the Cape Town International Airport, before departing to your hotel. Alternatively, there is a Rennies Travel in the town of Stellenbosch, about 10km from Spier Hotel and Conference Centre.
Physical Address: 3rd Floor, Oude Bloemhof, Plein Street, Stellenbosch
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 861 2400/1/7
Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00 – 17h00
The South African Rand is the local currency. VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted in SA
Casual business dress is suggested for the conference proceedings and black tie for the gala dinner.
We are able to cater for all reasonable preferences (vegetarian, kosher, halaal, etc.). Please inform us in advance of your dietary needs so that the necessary arrangements can be made.
Spier Hotel and Conference Centre is equipped with disabled access ramps at both the hotel and conference centre.
The voltage throughout South Africa is 220V/50hz. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, in both cases with round pins. If you’re bringing anything electrical, bring an adapter. Most hotels have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances. Adaptors can be bought at the airport on your arrival, and may be available at your hotel.
As a rule, tap water in South Africa is safe to drink, as it is treated and is free of harmful micro-organisms. In hotels, restaurants and nightspots, the standards of hygiene and food preparation is top-notch. It is safe to eat the fruit and salads and to put as much ice as you would like in your drinks.
Registration for the conference implies that delegates agree that neither SAVCA, the local organising committee nor the professional conference organiser assume any liability or responsibility for any losses, accidents or damage to person’s private property. Delegates are requested to make their own arrangements for medical, travel and personal insurance.
Malaria is found only in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Although the incidence of malaria is rare, it would be best to take adequate precautions if you choose to visit these areas. The cheapest, safest and most effective measures against malaria are physical barriers such as a mosquito net, and the use of a good insect repellent. If you decide to take malaria prophylaxis, it is essential that the drugs are taken according to the directions on the package insert. You will need to start a week or two before entering a malaria-endemic area and should continue taking the drugs for four weeks after leaving the malaria risk area. It is advisable to consult a medical professional before embarking on a course of malaria prophylaxis.
South Africa does not have a national health scheme. The patient is individually responsible for settling all accounts. Travel insurance covering accidents, illness or hospitalisation during your stay is strongly recommended. Access to medical care for conference participants will be available should there be a need. A first aid clinic is situated on site within the resort.
South Africa has 11 official languages, however the conference proceedings will only be in English. No simultaneous translation will be provided. As with most languages, there are local/colloquial expressions visitors might wish to familiarise themselves.
South Africa boasts a vast array of cultures, communities, sites and attractions. Most parts of the country can be visited safely by tourists provided they take basic common-sense precautions (for example not walking alone in deserted areas at night and being circumspect about how much photographic equipment or flashy jewellery they carry). Basic safety-tip guidelines will be available at hotels and tourism information offices.
Freedom of religion is enshrined in the South African Constitution, and places of worship span all the world’s major religions and some lesser ones too.
Smoking is prohibited in public spaces and is restricted to specific areas.
Central European Time (GMT+2 hours)
Tipping for a range of services is common in South Africa. In restaurants the accepted standard is 10% to 15% of the total, although a gratuity will sometimes be included. Hotel porters are tipped around R20. It is also appropriate to tip taxi drivers, tour guides and hairdressers.
South African telecommunications include four mobile service providers that ensure countrywide coverage and generally good reception in urban areas. Mobile phones can be rented at all international airports and prepaid airtime can be purchased at most retail outlets. For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned. Refer to telephone directories for international dialling codes, or obtain 24-hour assistance by calling 10903. For incoming international calls, the code for South Africa is +27 followed by the city code or cell phone code, dropping the first 0. Johannesburg’s city code is 011 and Cape Town’s city code is 021. With regards to internet access, most international hotels offer wireless connections in guestrooms, business centres or restaurants.
Visitors entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Immunisation against cholera and small-pox are not required, nor are other vaccinations required when visiting South Africa.
For the majority of foreign nationals who travel to South Africa, entry is straightforward and hassle-free. All visitors must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country and in some cases, a visa. To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, click here.
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